Advising, Registration & Major Declaration

Academic Advising

Lees-McRae College is dedicated to providing quality academic advising and assisting students through the registration process. Entering freshmen are assigned a freshman faculty advisor. This faculty advisor teaches the student in CLA 199 First Year Seminar during the first semester that the student is enrolled. Faculty advisors provide assistance regarding academic and life choices. No later than the end of the sophomore year, students are expected to declare a major and will then be assigned to a faculty advisor in their major area of study. The major advisor will provide guidance through the remainder of their time at Lees-McRae College. Transfer students will also receive a faculty advisor in their major area of study or a “career exploration” advisor if he or she is still deciding on their major. Visit the Burton Center for Student Success for more information.

Registration

New students register for their first semester during Summer Orientation. Continuing students register for their next semester around the mid-term period by working with their academic advisor. For more information, please view the Academic Calendar.

At the beginning of each semester, there is a five-day period in which students may make changes to their schedule by adding or dropping a class.

Major Declaration

Students are expected to declare a major by the end of their sophomore year. To do so, complete the Major Declaration Form and return to the Office of the Registrar.

Still exploring which major to select? Take advantage of these resources to help you identify the major that best fits your career goals.

  • Explore LMC degree and minor programs online and in the college catalog.
  • Speak with fellow students, faculty members and your advisor to learn more about programs of interest.
  • Take advantage of self-exploration programs and resources through Career Services.
  • Meet with the Burton Center for Student Success to develop a major selection plan.

Certain programs such as EducationMusical Theatre and Nursing require special admission criteria into the major. Interested students are encouraged to consult with program coordinators early to learn more.

Advising and Registration FAQ

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    Who is my advisor?

    Entering freshmen are assigned a freshman faculty advisor. No later than the end of the sophomore year, students are expected to declare a major and will then be assigned to a faculty advisor in their major area of study. The major advisor will provide guidance through the remainder of their time at Lees-McRae College. Contact your FYS instructor, program coordinator or the Burton Center for Student Success for more details.

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    When do we meet?

    The advising and registration period takes place in the middle of each semester. During this time, you are required to meet with your academic advisor to discuss your academic plan and select classes for the next semester.
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    How do I register for classes?

    Your academic advisor will register you for classes during your advising meeting.
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    When do I register for classes?

    Registration for classes takes place during the designated advising and registration period. See the academic calendar for exact dates.
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    What is required in the core curriculum?

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    How do I declare my major?

    Students are expected to declare a major by the end of their sophomore year by submitting the Major/Minor Declaration Form to the Office of the Registrar.
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    What if I want to declare a minor?

    After selecting a minor and speaking with your faculty advisor, submit the Major/Minor Declaration Form to the Office of the Registrar.

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    Can I double major?

    In most cases, yes. Speak with faculty advisors in both majors to ensure complete understanding of course requirements and sequencing. Submit a Major/Minor Declaration Form to the Office of the Registrar.
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    How do I change my major?

    After selecting a major and speaking with your academic advisor, you can submit the Change in Major Form to the Office of the Registrar.
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    Do I need to declare a concentration within my major?

    Some, but not all, majors do have concentrations. If you choose a major with a concentration, check with the Program Coordinator or your academic advisor to see if a concentration is required.
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    How do I decide between a B.A. and B.S. degree?

    Some majors allow students to choose between a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. The B.A. program includes foreign language requirements in addition to program and core requirements. The BS program incorporates 6-8 credit hours in Math, Science or Computer Language. To learn more, speak with your advisor, the Registrar, or consult the college catalog.
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    How can I access the suggested 4 year plan for my major?

    Speak with your advisor or view the college catalog.

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    I'm a transfer student, how will I know which classes are required to complete my degree?

    Transcripts are reviewed at the time of admission and students are notified of the number of credits and transfer equivalencies. During the orientation process, students are registered for their first semester classes and faculty advisors are assigned to assist in the remainder of the program.
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    I'm a new student and will be bringing in credit from AP, IB, CLEP or an Early College program. How will I know which will transfer in?

    Lees-McRae welcomes students that have credit in these ways. During the orientation process, students are registered for their first semester classes and faculty advisors are assigned to assist in the remainder of the program.
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    What courses are required for honors students?

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    How do I withdraw from a class?

    To withdraw from a course, a student must pick up and complete a Course withdrawal Form from the Office of the Registrar. The deadline for the last day to withdraw and receive a grade of "W" is typically four weeks after Drop/Add end. The exact date is published in the Academic Calendar.
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    How do I withdraw from the institution?

    If a student wishes to withdraw from the College, he or she must initiate the process by picking up an Official Exit Form in the Office of the Registrar. Withdrawal from the College after the last day to withdraw from a course will result in grades of "F" for all classes, unless the withdrawal is for medical or psychological reasons, or for extenuating circumstances which are approved by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.